Water — smaller than a drop.




    In the accounts presented here, there are several observed atmospheric conditions that appear similar and in some cases, they are mentioned as if they were equivalent in meaning.

    Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, is quoted as saying: “It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. Insensibly, one begins to twist the facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. It biases the judgment.”

    Many eyewitness accounts of UFOs contain terms for various observable conditions often associated with the weather. However, in the cases presented here, it is often not the weather which is responsible for what the witness observes. In some cases, it may be the result of the UFO’s hot, ionized field coming into contact with water, causing it to turn to steam. In non-water-related cases, what the witness notices could be a UFO’s partially visible field in an early morning or twilight period, and the witness might unwittingly describe this using a weather-related term. Due to the fact that different conditions affect visibility, a person’s perception of distance may be altered between him/her and the nearest observable reference point, such as a tree, a house, etc. In most UFO cases, distances are probably one of the last things that one thinks of in the excitement of the moment. Words such as cloud, fog, haze, smoke, steam, and vapor could be used interchangeably in the texts of the following reports, since witnesses may refer to them as if they were the same. Consequently, it is necessary to remember the relationship of the following definitions:

cloud - 1. A visible mass of condensed water vapor suspended in the atmosphere, consisting of minute droplets or ice crystals. 2. A mass of smoke, dust, steam, etc.

fog – Condensed watery vapor suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface.

haze – 1. Very fine suspended particles in the air, often with little or no moisture. 2. A thin vapor of fog, smoke, dust, etc. in the air that reduces visibility.

mist – 1. A large mass of water vapor at or just above the earth’s surface and like a fog, but less dense. 2. A cloud of dust, smoke, gas, etc.

smoke – 1. The volatilized products of the combustion of an organic compound, as coal, wood, etc., charged with fine particles of carbon or soot; less properly, fumes, steam, etc. 2. Any vapor, fume, mist, etc. resembling smoke.

steam – 1. Water in the form of vapor. [#2 is of particular interest to us.] 2. The gas or vapor into which water is changed by boiling.

vapor – 1. Moisture in the air: especially, visible floating moisture, as light mist. 2. Any light, cloudy substance in the air, as smoke or fumes.

List of Reports




Column contents as indicated by the following letters
A - Date of sighting (MM-DD-YEAR)
B - Status column. Single letter or symbol. "C" Controversy, "D" Validity Doubtful, "E" Date Error, "H" Proven Hoax,
     "M" Misidentification, "N" Not water-related but shown as such, "U" Unknown, "X" No UFO seen/Text not entered
C - Location of sighting
D - Source of this article.
E - The letter "O" in this column will indicate that the reference is the Original. The letter "S" will indicate that this is a

Secondary source. The letter "N" will indicate that the source is Needed.

F - Specific location of a constructed group of cases :
02-24-1885 Pacific Ocean, between Japan & Hawaii "Science", 5:242, Hydrographic Off., Wash. D.C O 00
3/4-??-1932 Swampy area near Nambour, Australia Australian UFO Research Network -Website O 00
08-09-1934 Lake Keuka, Grove Springs, New York, USA Steuben Farmers’ Advocate, Bath, New York O 00
12-25-1945 Atlantic Ocean, west coast of Ireland Humanoid Reports 1945 by Albert Rosales, #47 O 00
12-30-1946 Morro Bay, off San Luis Obispo, California, USA Flying Saucers on the Attack by Harold T. Wilkins O 00
05-??-1952 Pacific Ocean between Pearl Harbor and Guam UFO*BC With thanks to Gavin McLeod. See URL in case O 14
02-04-1953 Mist - Yuma, Arizona, USA Multiple references - See text S 00
07-05-1965 Mist - Russian River, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA APRO Bulletin, November-December 1965, p. 1 O 00
03-??-1974 Lake Jalka, Sweden MUFON UFO Journal #108 S 00
06-??-1976 St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, USA UFOs Are Real: Here's the Proof, Walters/Maccabee O 00
03-09-1977 Mist - Nelson, Lancashire, UK Website: NICAP: The 1977 UFO Chronology S 00
12-16-1978 Adriatic Sea off Francavilla al Mare, Italy NICAP website. URL is in the text O 00
09-02-1979 Mist - Petushka, Russia Website: NICAP: The 1979 UFO Chronology S 29
06-13-1981 Mist - a field east of Min-an Li, Chia-li Chen, Taiwan UFOs over Modern China by Paul (Moon Wai) Dong O 00
04-01-1982 Mist - Petrolia, Pennsylvania, USA UFO Journal, #172, June 1982, p. 3 O
01-07-1986 Mist – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA MUFON UFO Journal, #224, December 1986, p. 7 O 02
05-19-2003 Mist - Tiruvānmiyūr, India Websites: NICAP: The 2003 UFO Chronology and NUFORC S 29
03-10-2006 Off the island of Miquelon in the Atlantic Ocean. Albert Rosales’s CD: Humanoid reports of 2006 S